About Bianca Karina

Bianca Karina is theΒ former blogger at The In Between Girls blog. I started blogging after college. This idea for the blog came about when I walked into a store and noticedΒ the gaping difference in sizes. The dimensions of their largest straight size pair of shorts compared to the smallest plus size pair of the same shorts. What’s a curvy girl with voluptuous thighs to do? Write about it. As I documented my struggles and shared myΒ experiences, I learned that I was not alone. There’s a whole lot of people like you and me.

Bianca Karina and her plus size journey

I am no longer in between. I am embracing my plus size body. I am learning how to navigate this world that says we should be constantly trying to become skinny to reach our “full potential.”

Bianca Karina

Contrary to popular belief, not all of us are in a desperate hurry to be a size 6. Contrary to popular belief, not all fat peopleΒ are laying on the couch eating potato chips. Contrary to popular belief, we can be fat and still workout and eat right. Contrary to popular belief, not all of us shy away from social gatherings until we emerge from our dark basements a skinny svelte butterfly.

Life moves on and I am moving on with it. At this point, in my body positive journey, I am learning to how to balance my passion with a healthy body image. I love to eat and I know how to appreciate food. You don’t get to my weight without looking forward to your next meal. I cook often and I experiment with different cuisines.

Bianca Karina and her love of food and travel

My love of spicy asian flavors, robust south american spices, and interest in euro textures was brought on by traveling early in life. As a 26 year-old bi-racial plus size and engaged woman, I am coming to terms that it is OK to take up space. Right now I am allowed to enjoy every bite of delicious fluffy white bread-y carb. Right now, I am allowed to book a trip to the Maldives and swim in the crystal clear waters in a bikini. Right now, I’m allowed to wear a crop top to the park and watch my dog play. Why? Because it’s about damn time.

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Let’s show the world that life doesn’t start when you lose 20 pounds.

171 comments

    1. Thanks! i love being called real haha. Yeah! it’s really simple, when you are composing a new post, there is a row of icons just under where you input the title, if you hover your mouse over the icons it tells you what each of them is, I believe the first one is “add image.” Then all you would do is either upload one off your computer or copy and paste the direct image link into the box.

      Let me know if you still need help.

  1. I stumbled on your blog quite recently, and quite literally stumbled (I rarely read blogs, so I don’t go looking for them), but now I check it every single day, because not only do you write about things that really affect my life as well (I’m an in between girl myself, actually have a body shape and size quite like yours), but it’s also so well written, that it’s really easy to read for someone whose first language isn’t English (or fourth…)

    1. Thank you so much! it makes me excited to hear that. I love blogging, at first I started it for a class assignment but by the end of it I was checking it every couple of hours to see if my views have gone up or if I got a new comment. I’m a journalism major so the fact that you say my blog is well written is a compliment in so many ways :). I’m always taking suggestions for posts so if you have an idea go ahead and let me know.

      Thanks for reading!

      1. Thank you, I shall try it. And if I succeed (hopefully, yes!!) I will have you to thank!!

        Grazie

        PS. I’m also an “in-betweener” and quite comfy w/that fact…

  2. The in-between sizes can be tough. I’m 6′-3″ and have had the hardest time buying long-sleeved shirts. Off the rack ones made for the wrist equivalent of “flood pants” even when I went up to tent-proportioned sizes. Shirts from big and tall stores had an inch or two too much cuff which made whatever suit I was wearing look ill-fitting and it bugged me to no end to have the shirt cuff sit too low on the wrist.

    At 50+, I’ve fleshed out a bit so that I can finally find off the rack stuff that fits (though it’s a popular size so more times than not they’re out of my size).

    Happy clothes hunting…fun blog you have here.

    LT

    1. Wow 6’3″ i can imagine shopping must be a pain. All my pants are either too short or too long because regular pants are too long and short is too short lol.
      Still trying to convince some friends to take up being a seamstress.

      Thanks for reading!

      -Bianca

      1. Well, in my case, I’ve to stitch the clothes I bought ’cause I’ve always been an XS or sometimes XXS. Grr. That’s why whenever I find one that exactly fits my frame w/o alterations, I would grab it without hesitation and pay for it like it’s always my first time to shop around.

        I think it’s not about the size, it’s how we brace ourselves. If you feel sexy, it’ll definitely reflect you no matter what size you have. πŸ™‚ Stay pretty and sexy Bianca. πŸ™‚

  3. I like the way you’ve written this post. Regardless of the size you are, you are very pretty. Some people think being skinny is good while others find robust and healthy figure more appealing. It’s just a way of looking at things. Enjoy!!

  4. Ah, yes, the in between size. One of these days there will be a designer that designs for those of us with boobs and hips and that designer will make a lot of money. In the meantime, I keep an eye out for a piece here and a piece there that works and then I make sure it will also work with two or three other pieces in the closet. Wouldn’t it be marvelous if the costumer designer for Mad Men (who makes Christina Hendricks look so fabulous) started designing a clothing line. Hmmmm…

    In the meantime, check out another great blog post about clothing lines by Gail Carriger http://retrorack.blogspot.com/2011/07/thoughts-on-banana-republics-mad-men.html

    Now go out in that fabulous pink dress you are wearing above and have a rocking great weekend!

  5. I just read that and thought, “I love this blog already!” I’m an in-between girl too and it’s so hard sometimes to go shopping with thinner people because I get soooo self-conscious. I appreciate this πŸ™‚

  6. Love your blog and love your honesty. I can totally agree with that whole situation about forgetting to find a perfect fitted outfit and rather just heading to the accessories department. Happens to me all the time. Keep up the great work! as said by another inbetweener πŸ™‚

  7. Your blog is awesome!! I got it from a comment we both made today on another blog about hair rollers. btw, i LOVE that cute dress you have on, where did you get it?
    The title to your blog is great, im so glad i found this.

    I have WordPress too, check out my blog if you want (its fairly new)
    http://kellabella83.wordpress.com

    Kelly xoxo

    1. Thanks! its from H&M it was like 18 dollars. My blog is fairly new too! I’m trying to get it out there. I’m definitely subscribing to yours.

      Thanks for reading!

  8. You are not fat or “too big”, the prototype of thin girls has dissapeared. I donΒ΄t always like skinny girls, my girlfriend looks almost like you and IΒ΄m more than pleased with the way she looks; although IΒ΄m not girl, I enjoyed the reading. ItΒ΄s not about size, itΒ΄s about how you feel with the clothing. But thatΒ΄s just my perspective!

  9. There’s nowt wrong with your size and shape but I get where you’re coming from. I still have a mental picture of myself from 20 years ago and the person I see in the mirror doesn’t match that … therefore I, like you, dislike my appearance a bit, because it doesn’t match my mental picture.

  10. Hey girlie! I really love your blog and this post! I know what you mean about Forever 21! A lot of time the tops are too small and make my chest look funny lol I’m definitely going to explore your blog a bit more!

    XOXO Mass

  11. I have a whole different problem with being “in between” sizes. I’ve got super long, stick legs. Now, normally I’d count my blessings. But I actually cannot find any jeans that fit me, unless I buy ones from specialty “tall” stores. Stores stop carrying long sizes when they hit size 2. So I feel your pain, but in a different way.
    Thank you for paying me a visit,
    Mary M – http://thebrokencup.wordpress.com/

  12. Girllll…have you seen the amount of comments you have…Makes my 12 comments look meagre. If our blogs were body sizes you would be a plus size and I would be a size zero (and might I add it’s the one time I wouldn’t want to be skinny). LMAO @ “bought a shirt saying that I will lose weight to wear it”. Totally relatable. I just gave my much slimmer sister some cute tops that I finally admitted will never fit especially since my exercise machine is officially stylish furniture. I think I should donate it to a museum. Ok – liking your spot so far and will def check out more.

  13. Holy cow I love this blog. I’m not an in between girl but I’m no Beautiful curvy model. My hips are too wide and my butt is too big and my waist is too small, it doesn’t really look right together on me. But seriously I just saw this blog and I love that you aren’t afraid to be you. The picture is gorgeous btw!
    You’ve deff got a subscription from me!

  14. thanks for visiting! you are gorgeous and you look plenty tan in your photos! πŸ™‚ i hope you know that regardless of size, every girl has their own insecurities and issues with clothes (pants shopping is so annoying for shorties like us!) so just keep true to yourself and keep us updated on your progress! πŸ˜‰

    xx

  15. You just subscribed to my blog (thanks, by the way! πŸ˜‰ ) so I came by to check out yours – and oh my gosh, I love it already. Another in-betweener!!! I hate that – regular stores are too small, plus sizes are too big. Plus I’m 6′ tall so pants never fit me either. Looking forward to reading more of your posts! πŸ˜€

  16. I don’t think it’s you!! In my opinion, H&M and XXI just have naturally ill-fitting clothes.. Try somewhere that’s less mass produced? You definitely don’t look plus sized! And I have big calves too, even at my skinniest time πŸ™ but thank god for heels they make any legs look good πŸ˜€ and thanks for the comment about the maxi!

    1. I agree with you – my daughter is not overweight (she’s between a size 6 and 8) but most of the crap she tries on at XXI looks crappy on her. Other stores – more “high end” – make way better fitting stuff.

  17. Wauw, I love that honesty.
    And I think u look adorable, honestly. I’d die 2 get your tan. Hehe, I don’t get brown easily πŸ™ so i’m quite jealous! πŸ˜‰

  18. Thanks for the heads up about the picture!… Still getting used to the whole blogging thing!
    By the way, The Dressing Room thinks your gorgeous!
    And just so you know, most of our summer season steers clear of super unflattering teeny tiny items – making it perfect for all the “in-betweeners” out there!!!!

    Lots of love
    -The Dressing Room Melbourne
    http://thedressingroommelbourne.wordpress.com/

  19. So excited to have found you. Another blogger told me to check you out about a week ago. I have been looking for you ever since. Super excited to poke around and follow you! PS. I am a huge estate sale and flea market shopper. The best stuff comes up in those places. I get all of my best vintage from estate sales.

  20. Hey girl! Well I have to say I’m so happy you commented on my blog so I could find yours! I’m seriously in love with the top banner on your blog! “I’m not skinny, but that doesn’t mean I’m fat” is so me! And your such a beautiful girl! Your story is really inspirational! I’m not cookie cutter standard and I’m not afraid to say that! I think your my new favorite blogger!

  21. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog! And I love the idea behind your blog and all of your posts so far! I think you have a much needed voice in the fashion world – keep at it!

  22. It’s laudable to be the voice of girls with unusual frames; it’s true that many girls with large frames or unusual proportions can’t easily find clothes . . .

    But please! Don’t become another harbour for deluded tubs of lard to pretend they’re not actually fat!

    To be completely clear, *you* are not fat or unattractive, but there are a lot of girls out there who use “I’m just big boned” or “all shapes are beautiful” as a denial mechanism, to avoid the truth about themselves: that they’re sick and hideous.

    There is nothing beautiful about “BBWs” — except to the occasional deviant or fetishist (not that deviance is bad, but don’t pretend it’s normal). It’s unhealthy, it’s unsightly, and it’s a sign of stupid choices and poor lifestyle — so please, don’t be another apologist for a fad ‘disease’.

  23. I totally just choose to rock dresses with leggings underneath half the time, it’s so much easier than trying to dress my hips! hahah! I love that you watch What Not to Wear, it was one of my favorite shows when I lived in the US and I would KILL to own the DVDs now. Good luck on your journey, and keep up the positive thinking. So many of my friends can’t love themselves at their current size, whatever it is, and that is really sad for me. I think we all struggle. <3

  24. I just LOVE it here! It’s amazing.
    And high five! I’m sort of in-between too— around 140 pounds. But who cares? As long as I’m fun to be with, I don’t think anything else matters!
    FYI, you’re really pretty πŸ™‚

  25. Hi, thank you for commenting on my blog! I’ve read some articles and I really like it! Now, I’ve just read this text and all I can say about the H&M and Forever 21 thing is ‘It’s ridiculous!’ Why would they only make the small sizes? It kinda sucks for you. But whatever, you are not fat at all, you have a great motto and an amazing style! Bye

    http://www.todaytrends.be

  26. You are a fabulously beautiful young lady… don’t let the world get you down. Sizes are… somewhat relative. And beauty – subjective. It’s who you are that counts – you seem to understand that. I have a 14 year old daughter, and I am trying hard to help her know that beauty is inside. Sounds cliche but it’s true!

  27. I have the same body as you! I’m 4’10 and 3/4, wear a size 5 shoe, have a large butt, and wonderful curves that I love. It is really hard to find anything that fits right here and there. Jeans are a nightmare to find, they either fit my butt and legs just right, but then the waist is too big! And vise versa. That’s how I discovered dresses.

  28. Happy I found your blog. I’m in the same situation as you. I might be a little closer to the plus side at the moment, but the ~20 lb fluctuation I constantly undergo means I’m always struggling to find clothes that aren’t either too tight or too baggy. I identify as plus sized, but many larger ladies might have something to say about that…

  29. Hi! I came across your website while I was googling about colour blocking. Like you, I’m in-between too:) I thought I was the only one who faced such problems. Clothes for normal sized girls were small for me while clothes for plus sized girls were too large for me. I have this pair of shorts that are for plus sized girls and they are too big for me and I have to resort to using a scarf to secure it (my belt was too short for the shorts). I think you are really pretty and thanks for showing me that I’m not the only one with such a problem with clothes:)

  30. I simply want to tell you that I am just newbie to blogs and absolutely liked this web blog. Very likely I’m planning to bookmark your website . You absolutely have tremendous articles. Kudos for sharing your web site.

  31. I’m so happy to come across this. Most my life I had been in single digit clothing and now as I get older in realizing its alot harder to keep that. I’m a 32 year old proud Puerto Rican who doesn’t know how to dress my curvy figure anymore. I often wonder how I look in the eyes of others and am struggling to embrace my curves. Any advice will help.

    1. Just stay tuned to further blog posts I am always researching and experimenting with new ways to dress and express myself without unflattering my curves and trouble spots.Fabric weight, length, cut and color are going to be the best things to consider when dressing for any size.

  32. Reading this makes me so excited to see your blog! I too am a in between girl! I am anything but small but still not large enough to wear plus sized stuff! Looking forward to your posts! Check out mine too! πŸ™‚

  33. I stumbled upon your blog when I googled “Plus size clothes too big”. I am in the exact same boat as you are…so frustrating!!

  34. I just stumbled on your blog and I am SO an in between girl! I was wondering if you all have had any success finding places that cater to clothing for us in betweeners? Summer is coming and I am so depressed because I cant find anything that I can wear that makes me look like me. Thanks girls!

    1. Hi Callie! Don’t be depressed. There are several options for us in between girls they are just harder to find because they aren’t labeled or categorized. It requires a lot of searching and trying things on without luck. Which is a feeling I am sure you are familiar with. So far I have had the most success with women’s sizes. So instead of looking for a plus size store where their smallest size 12 is too big, and going to a regular junior store (like Forever21) where their largest size 13/14 is too small. I look for regular women’s retailers. Here’s a post I did about women’s sizes vs. junior’s http://theinbetweengirls.com/2013/01/23/the-benefits-of-shopping-for-womens-sizes-when-you-are-in-between-plus-and-regular/

      But as far as stores go. It’s always a hunt. I tend to have better luck hunting at: Express, Old Navy(for basic T’s cardigans, tanks and random cute things), Target, New York and Company and Macy’s. Don’t let the clothes bog you down. It’s not you it’s them.

  35. Wow. It’s like reading a blog by myself about my current annoyances with fashion. I love clothes and shopping and find myself wanting to puke at the idea of wearing ‘normal’ size things at forever 21. like as if i can wear something that short and tiny with my big trunk like thighs and yet there plus sizes swim on me in all the wrong places… there 2xl sport crop tops are too darn tight but there XL size in dresses the bust is swimming on me and i look frumpy…and I certainly am no small chested girl.

    Especially right now as I am on the weight loss journey and having lost just 10kilos I find myself inbetween. Why must I have to buy a jacket that fits me perfectly everywhere except my arms where it is uncomfortably snug.

    Thank you – I will be devouring your blog!!

    1. Devour away! It’s so good to hear I am not the only one who has issues shopping and finding a size that works with my body. Congrats on the weightloss! Keep it up!

    1. Thanks for dropping by! I do my best to incorporate different types of clothing into my ootd posts so girls don’t feel like their limited to jeans or stretchy pants every day.

        1. I always have trouble with that! Any time I work with a company I always have to remind them that I am a busty girl just to make sure they send me the proper size haha

  36. Excited to have found your blog…I am a in betweener after having my baby girl. Im only 25 so mom jeans are a huge NO lol excited to see what you have posted! Happy New Year!

  37. I know that other people who have seen your site feel that you’re a very beautiful woman and I would like to add that I also think that you are a very, very beautiful woman. Don’t make such a big thing about your size.
    Your more beautiful then you think or see yourself its all about you. And you are so beautiful.

  38. Girl, this blog is AMAZING! I am so happy I stumbled upon it! I stress, too, because I fall in the “in between” and feel like blog audiences either love teensy tiny girls or the plus size ladies! Thanks for taking a stand for those of us in the middle! You’ve definitely got another follower! XO

    Simply Cydney

  39. Just found this blog and I am happy to have. It’s always nice knowing your not alone out there as much of a cliche as that sounds. I honestly read this introduction and related to so much of it. I can’t wait to catch up on the rest of your blog posts. Thank you for blogging and sharing your experiences with us =)

    1. Glad we found each other! You can sift through the different categories such as lookbook for outfit posts, fitness for my health posts etc. Happy hunting πŸ™‚

  40. I knew I had a twin somewhere! I have exactly the same body.. the struggle is real. Nice to know Im not alone though! keep the tips coming pretty lady πŸ™‚

  41. I just came from going to 3 stores in which you either have to be a twig or very large to fit the clothes.. Typical for me..not thin enough for most regular sizes and not large enough for plus sizes..I can’t get my leg in the regular and swim in the plus sizes…online shopping suggestions would be greatful!
    I find that babyphat is the only label I can trust to order without trying on. Also a store called modaexpressonline makes nice jeans to fit the in between.

  42. Hey Bianca,

    Thank you thank you for your blog!!
    I have been looking a fashion blog written by someone who is just as you described (and I never couldn’t written it better)”in between sizes”. You described exactly how I feel:I’m not that fat but I can’t fit in “regular” clothes and plus sizes clothes don’t fit me… I thought I was alone πŸ™‚
    I see many amazing bloggers who are either a size 8 or size 18+ and I just feel lost..

    You got yourself a new follower πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to read all your posts!

    Cheers,

    From Paris, France

    Kadija

  43. Just discovered your blog and totally connected for me. When you were describing your bodyI literally read it to my husband because it’s EXACTLY how I would describe myself! Great to know I’m not the only one out there! Love your style and can’t wait to see what you’ll post next!

  44. I just found your blog site and i feel the same way about the retail industry they totally ignore the in between girls. Thanks for sharing your story i knew i couldn’t be the only out there that has this prpblem

  45. Hello from Russia. I’ve yust seen your post in article and think you’re really beautiful.You have really pretty smile.

  46. This content / Blog is really a nice topic to all of us girls heyy i can feel and think also . WHy? and still KEEP on thinking wHy do retailers forget between size girls in fact i have also lot of friends same as you having that kind of problem until such time they reading blogs. magazines and what they found out is that in http://www.exploretalent.com/articles/plus-size-model-pants-flatter-body-shape/ they are a plus size women and same as you between size i guess this article may help you. And one thing try to experiment your own fashion and trust your self πŸ™‚ ? i hope it helps you πŸ™‚

  47. Bianca, I was directed to your website from a compilation of Sorority bloggers website. My company has launched a new product for Sorority Sisters with curves and I think that your website is the perfect medium for us to request feedback from not only you, a professional blogger on the topic, but maybe some of your readers.

    You can review the product that I’m talking about here:

    http://www.oversizedscreenprinting.com/products-and-services/spirit-jerseys/

    Would you be interested in reviewing a physical sample of this product that I would ship to you and if interested, maybe offer a few additional physical samples either as a contest give away for your readers, or maybe to appropriate guest bloggers to also review and provide feedback.

    Please let me know if this is something of interest to you.

    As a side, please note that the name of our website, does not indicate anything related to the size of a garment. I can understand how the name of our website could be misconstrued and offensive to women with curves. Oversized Screen Printing simply means screen printing that is greater than 22″ in width. In our industry “Standard” screen printing is 22″ or less. So “Oversized” means bigger than that.

  48. Wow finally a blogger with my same body shape! I love looking for inspiration on blogs but most of the bloggers that I follow are thinner than me and when I look for plus size they are bigger than me. I don’t mean to be rude with that, actually I love how plus size girls dress but I don’t feel like it’s my style bc they use a lot of colors and skirts and all of that and I don’t know if I would feel comfortable but seeing a few posts of you I really like your blog and I have a feeling that you’ll become one of my favorite blogs πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks MariaPaz! I felt the same way looking for outfit inspiration back in 2010. All of the blogs were either size 4 or size 24. I believe you can find inspiration in the outfits the blogging community puts together but it’s nice to find someone whose body type you can relate to.

  49. I just came across your blog looking for tights and shorts…but you hit a soft spot and didn’t realize there were others out there like me!!!! i constantly do searches for clothes i like but with images of someone who looks closer to my size and shape so i can get a better idea of what it might look like on me. I’ve been an in-between girl my entire life. I even remember my first pair of jeans my mom bought me—14 1/2 kids at JCPenny–a half size, who knew?? I have always had the problem of the largest size a store carries being too small and the plus stores being too big…or just plain awkward fitting. Like you, I am also short, and I love wearing heels/boots! And lets don’t even get started on boots—my calves never fit the cute boots.

  50. I feel like I just read my own life.. I am currently in the Public Relations program in Ontario, Canada.. I have dealt with being an in-betweener for 2 years now as well (since I was 17) and ran across this blog looking for in-between style bathing suits for the summer! It is so difficult to find things that fit right in both “normal” stores and plus size stores! If only retail chains released this program and opened a store for us! I love your blog!

  51. I saw your post on tumblr about the thighlettes and clicked on your blog and am absolutely in love! I find myself in the same predicament that you do and its just nice knowing that I’m not the only one feeling like that. I think you’re gorgeous and love your sense of style! Thanks for giving girls like us a voice!

  52. Oh my gosh, you have no idea how excited I am to find your blog. Your description is me totally and I’m so happy to find someone who can relate, who shops at the thrift stores and who makes this body we’ve be given work!

  53. Yay! I’m super excited that I found your blog, I always thought that I couldn’t be the only ‘inbetweener’ and know I know for sure! πŸ˜€

  54. Oh my god. Finally. Someone else who is an “in between” girl. THANK GOODNESS. I always felt like I was the only one who’s too big for regular sizes, yet too small for plus size clothing. Also because I’m very short – a plus size mini skirt will almost reach my ankles I guess. And I also love thrift shopping!

  55. I am SO happy that I found this blog!!!! Thanks heavens for Pinterest <3 I have been a "in between girl" for many many years, and YES, the big size in regular stores have NO shape at all, and the small sizes in Plus size is way too big… I workout 4-5 times a week, and eat healthy (but im a foodi, not gonna lie) and have from my mothers side a very curvy body! Love love love this blog, and I will read every single post! <3

  56. OMG!!! For a very very long time I thought that I was the only in-betweener! Size 14 but size 14 in H&M is too small. But small in Lane Bryant is too big! Sad!

  57. Great blog by an intelligent, beautiful woman. My wife is an ‘in between girl’ I know my opinion is biased but she’s gorgeous and so unbelievably sexy. I wish she could see herself in my eyes, (and most everyone we know eyes) Being a petite size as far as height goes doesn’t help her finding clothes. Much like you she is quite curvy. Hopefully someday soon designers will recognize beautiful, voluptuous women.

    1. Thanks for your biased opinion jay (; It can be discouraging when it feels like nothing fits and it’s even more frustrating when the only constant seems to be you. Thank you to the men and women in our lives that continue to tell us how beautiful we are when sometimes we can’t see it ourselves.

  58. Size is just a FRAME πŸ™‚
    what’s important is the personality
    Keep doing what you do!

    Visit Singapore more often !!!

  59. For all my 18 years on this Earth I’ve hated my body and just a moment ago I found this blog. I am a size 10 but I’ve been a size 2. I just found out about the term “In betweeners” today and I am so thankful someone like me exists. Thank you thank you thank you

  60. Thank you for this – I, too, am an in-betweener… finding work clothes that look sharp is an exhausting procedure. Add on the unfortunate issue that I live in Skinnyville-Los Angeles … πŸ˜³πŸ™„πŸ˜’. I’ve had saleswomen say in a snarky tone (on more than one occasion) “we don’t carry your size” before I even have a chance to peruse. Frustrating and embarrassing as the sizes at the plus size store are too big and floppy on me. Anyway, it makes me feel more “normal” to read your experience as a fellow non-cookie-cutter body. Retail gods be damned! πŸ˜œπŸ˜‡

  61. I came across your blog quite by accident but can relate as an older woman who isn’t on the thin side but doesn’t qualify for plus size. It’s daunting. I’m ready to read on…..

  62. What an amazing blog!!. I am a man married to a wonderful “in betweener” lady who sometimes has insecurities about the way she looks. She is curvy like yourself and clothes shopping can be a nightmare when the items she likes are either too small or huge.I admire your confidence,beauty amazing style and you are a great role model to plus women, proving that you do not have to be stick thin to be beautiful and healthy.

  63. Hello Bianca,

    I’m sooo loving that you addressed this issue! Major kudos to you!

    I am a size 12/14 and was very frustrated with pieces that fit but were clearly expanded dimensions of a design that originally created for a muse that had smaller curves … The pieces often fit but did not flatter.

    I taught myself the basics of sewing and started reworking (altering) designer pieces. My projects quickly grew into a creative outlet … I have reworked dresses, separates, jeans, jackets, bags, shoes and jewelry (see examples at http://www.fashionnts.com).

    Thanks again for speaking up about this often-ignored market.

    Yolanda

    1. Thanks Yolanda. It really is a constant struggle. That’s awesome you learned to sew! I took a stab at it, literally, a few years back when I adjusted the hem and fit of a pair of khakis but I did such a botched job I ended up just throwing it out.

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